With record levels of youth unemployment in New York City being in school is seen as the last opportunity for a lot of young New Yorkers. However with tuition hikes, an erroneous city-wide curriculum, and NYPD over-policing in schools, this opportunity for a better, stable life is being taken away from a lot of black, latino, and recent immigrant youth.
Parents and Students have labeled Mayor Bloomberg as “Mayor 13%” for his administration’s failure to prepare 87 percent of black and Latino students for college. Just one-in-four students overall are prepared for college under Bloomberg, and just 39 percent of public high school graduates last year reported they would be attending four-year colleges the following fall.
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